We start our prayer with the Sign of the Cross.
On this day Jesus washed the feet of His disciples, explaining his action by saying: "If I your Lord and Master have washed your feet, how much more ought you to wash one another's feet" (John 13:14).
Holy Thursday is the day for families to remember the Last Supper.
A reading from the Holy Gospel according to John,
Glory to you O Lord
It was now the day before the Passover Festival. Jesus knew that the hour had come for him to leave this world and go to the Father. He had always loved those in the world who were his own, and he loved them to the very end.
Jesus and his disciples were at supper. Jesus knew that the Father had given him complete power; he knew that he had come from God and was going to God.
Jesus rose from the table, took off his outer garment, and tied a towel around his waist. Then he poured some water into a washbasin and began to wash the disciples' feet and dry them with the towel around his waist.
He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, “Are you going to wash my feet, Lord?”
Jesus answered him, “You do not understand now what I am doing, but you will understand later.”
Peter declared, “Never at any time will you wash my feet!”
“If I do not wash your feet,” Jesus answered, “you will no longer be my disciple.”
Simon Peter answered, “Lord, do not wash only my feet, then! Wash my hands and head, too!”
After Jesus had washed their feet, he put his outer garment back on and returned to his place at the table.
“Do you understand what I have just done to you?” he asked.
“You call me Teacher and Lord, and it is right that you do so, because that is what I am. I, your Lord and Teacher, have just washed your feet. You, then, should wash one another's feet. I have set an example for you, so that you will do just what I have done for you.
The Gospel of the Lord
Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ
To learn more about Maundy Thursday and The Last Supper watch the video below!
Today we invite you to create your own Last Supper craft at home. There are lots of different ways to do this using paper, old cereal boxes, colours, paints, or any cardboard from the recycling bin! Think creatively!
On your Last Supper craft, label the different people sat around the table.
For example, you might include different members in your family, your friends, people you remember and of course make sure to include Jesus at the Head of your table.
Once you have created your Last Supper table, spend sometime around it and thank God for all these people in your lives who make your life special. Think of something kind you can do for others in your family.
Once you have completed your reflection, put it on display somewhere in your homes to remind you that each person in your family is a lovely gift to you and others around you.
We end by making the Sign of the Cross.